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06-07PhiFly
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers · NHL
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 15th Eastern
2006–07 record 22–48–12
Home record 10–24–7
Road record 12–24–5
Goals for 214
Goals against 303
General Manager Bob Clarke (Oct)
Paul Holmgren (Oct-Apr)
Coach Ken Hitchcock (Oct)
John Stevens (Oct-Apr)
Captain Peter Forsberg (Oct-Feb)
Vacant (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Simon Gagne
Derian Hatcher
Sami Kapanen (Feb-Apr)
Arena Wachovia Center
Average attendance 19,283[1]
Team leaders
Goals Simon Gagne (41)
Assists Joni Pitkanen (39)
Points Simon Gagne (68)
Penalties in minutes Ben Eager (233)
Wins Martin Biron (18)
Goals against average Martin Biron (3.03)

The 2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers season was the Flyers' 40th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The 2006–07 NHL season turned out to be the worst in franchise history. Having lost Michal Handzus in a trade with Chicago, Kim Johnsson to free agency and Eric Desjardins and team captain Keith Primeau to retirement in the off-season, the Flyers found themselves without many leaders to guide the team. Peter Forsberg replaced Primeau as team captain, but a chronic foot injury had him in and out of the lineup throughout the season and limited his effectiveness. Eight games into the regular season and with a record of 1–6–1, General Manager Bob Clarke resigned and head coach Ken Hitchcock was fired. Assistant coach John Stevens replaced Hitchcock and assistant general manager Paul Holmgren took on Clarke's responsibilities on an interim basis.

The changes did little to improve the Flyers fortunes in 2006–07 as setting franchise records for futility became the norm. They had several multiple-game losing streaks including a franchise worst 10–game losing streak and a 12–game home losing streak that stretched from November 29 to February 10. Ultimately, the Flyers finished with a 22–48–12 record, the most losses in franchise history and the worst record in the league. They also set the NHL record for the biggest points drop off in the standings in a one-year span (101 points in 2005–06 to 56 points in 2006–07, a difference of 45 points).

With the team clearly on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, Holmgren set his sights on rebuilding the team and preparing for the future. Forsberg, unwilling to commit to playing next season, was traded to Nashville for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, and 2007 1st and 3rd-round draft picks. Veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for prospect defenseman Braydon Coburn and disappointing off-season acquisition Kyle Calder was sent to Detroit via Chicago in exchange for defenseman Lasse Kukkonen. The Flyers also acquired goaltender Martin Biron from Buffalo for a 2007 2nd-round pick. Given wide praise for his efforts, the Flyers gave Holmgren a two-year contract and removed the interim label from his title.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
12 New Jersey Devils 82 49 24 9 216 201 107
25 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 24 11 277 246 105
36 New York Rangers 82 42 30 10 242 216 94
48 New York Islanders 82 40 30 12 248 240 92
515 Philadelphia Flyers 82 22 48 12 214 303 56

[2]

Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game logEdit

      Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

2006–07 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

The Flyers did not qualify for the post-season.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Simon Gagne 12 76 41 27 68 30 - - - - -
Mike Knuble 22 64 24 30 54 56 - - - - -
Joni Pitkanen 44 77 4 39 43 88 - - - - -
Peter Forsberg 21 40 11 29 40 72 - - - - -
Jeff Carter 17 62 14 23 37 48 - - - - -
Mike Richards 18 59 10 22 32 52 - - - - -
Geoff Sanderson 8 58 11 18 29 44 - - - - -
R. J. Umberger 20 81 16 12 28 41 - - - - -
Sami Kapanen 24 77 11 14 25 22 - - - - -
Alexandre Picard 45 62 3 19 22 17 - - - - -
Randy Jones 6 66 4 18 22 38 - - - - -
Kyle Calder 19 59 9 12 21 36 - - - - -
Randy Robitaille 27 28 5 12 17 22 - - - - -
Dmitry Afanasenkov 27 41 8 7 15 12 - - - - -
Scottie Upshall 9 18 6 7 13 8 - - - - -
Stefan Ruzicka 15 [3] 40 3 10 13 18 - - - - -
Alexei Zhitnik†‡ 77 31 3 10 13 38 - - - - -
Ryan Potulny 11 35 7 5 12 22 - - - - -
Ben Eager 55 63 6 5 11 233 - - - - -
Todd Fedoruk 29 48 3 8 11 84 - - - - -
Derian Hatcher 2 82 3 6 9 67 - - - - -
Mike York 61 34 4 4 8 8 - - - - -
Petr Nedved 93 21 1 6 7 18 - - - - -
Braydon Coburn 5 20 3 4 7 16 - - - - -
Freddy Meyer 34 25 2 3 5 14 - - - - -
Denis Gauthier 23 43 0 4 4 45 - - - - -
Jussi Timonen 46 14 0 4 4 6 - - - - -
Eric Meloche 40 13 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Boyd Kane 28 15 0 2 2 28 - - - - -
Nate Guenin 65 9 0 2 2 4 - - - - -
Lars Jonsson 43 8 0 2 2 6 - - - - -
Robert Esche (G) 42 18 0 2 2 2 - - - - -
Mike Rathje 3 18 0 1 1 6 - - - - -
Triston Grant 52 8 0 1 1 10 - - - - -
Nolan Baumgartner 5 6 0 1 1 21 - - - - -
Antero Niittymaki (G) 30 52 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Lasse Kukkonen 28 20 0 0 0 8 - - - - -
Martin Biron (G) 43 16 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Darren Reid 26 14 0 0 0 18 - - - - -
David Printz 54 12 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Riley Cote 33 8 0 0 0 11 - - - - -
Denis Hamel 14 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Niko Dimitrakos 15 5 0 0 0 6 - - - - -
Michael Leighton (G) 49 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Mark Cullen 14 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Martin Grenier 32 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Matt Ellison 36 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Martin Houle (G) 35 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ryan Parent 77 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Flyers. Stats reflect time with the Flyers only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Antero Niittymaki 30 52 2942 9 29 8 166 0 .894 3.38 - - - - - - - -
Robert Esche 42 18 860 5 9 1 62 1 .872 4.32 - - - - - - - -
Martin Biron 43 16 935 6 8 2 47 1 .908 3.01 - - - - - - - -
Michael Leighton 49 4 195 2 2 0 12 0 .882 3.70 - - - - - - - -
Martin Houle 35 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 .667 27.27 - - - - - - - -

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

NHL
Award Recipient
All-Star Game representative Simon Gagne
Team
Award Recipient
Barry Ashbee Trophy Derian Hatcher
Bobby Clarke Trophy Simon Gagne
Gene Hart Memorial Award Sami Kapanen
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Ben Eager
Toyota Cup Simon Gagne
Yanick Dupre Memorial Mike Knuble

RecordsEdit

Flyers player
Player Record Mark
Antero Niittymaki Losses, one season 29

MilestonesEdit

Player Milestone Reached
Alexei Zhitnik 1,000th NHL Game February 20, 2007
Derian Hatcher 1,000th NHL Game April 7, 2007

TransactionsEdit

The Flyers were involved in the following transactions before/during the 2006–07 season.

TradesEdit

June 24, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
3rd round pick in 2006
4th round pick in 2006
To Chicago Blackhawks
3rd round pick in 2006
August 2, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Eric Meloche
To Chicago Blackhawks
Vaclav Pletka
August 4, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kyle Calder
To Chicago Blackhawks
Michal Handzus
November 9, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Darren Reid
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Daniel Corso
November 13, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Todd Fedoruk
To Anaheim Ducks
4th round pick in 2007
futures
December 16, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Alexei Zhitnik
To New York Islanders
Freddy Meyer
conditional 3rd round pick in 2007
December 20, 2006 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike York
To New York Islanders
Randy Robitaille
5th round pick in 2008
February 15, 2007 To Philadelphia Flyers
Scottie Upshall
Ryan Parent
1st round pick in 2007
3rd round pick in 2007
To Nashville Predators
Peter Forsberg
February 24, 2007 To Philadelphia Flyers
Braydon Coburn
To Atlanta Thrashers
Alexei Zhitnik
February 26, 2007 To Philadelphia Flyers
Lasse Kukkonen
3rd round pick in 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Kyle Calder
February 27, 2007 To Philadelphia Flyers
Martin Biron
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd round pick in 2007

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Team (League) Notes
Signed via free agency
June 15, 2006 Marty Murray Hannover (DEL) 1 year
June 26, 2006 Brad Tapper Hannover (DEL) 1 year
July 1, 2006 Nolan Baumgartner Vancouver (NHL) 2 years
July 1, 2006 Lars Jonsson HV71 (Elitserien) 1 year
July 4, 2006 Randy Robitaille Minnesota (NHL)
July 5, 2006 Mark Cullen Chicago (NHL) 1 year
July 13, 2006 Daniel Corso Frankfurt (DEL)
July 13, 2006 Martin Grenier NY Rangers (NHL)
July 13, 2006 Boyd Kane Washington (NHL) 1 year
July 19, 2006 Geoff Sanderson Phoenix (NHL) 2 years
September 13, 2006 Ryan Kesler Vancouver (NHL) Offer sheet matched by Vancouver
Lost via free agency
May 18, 2006 Jamie Storr Düsseldorf (DEL)
July 1, 2006 Kim Johnsson Minnesota (NHL)
July 6, 2006 Branko Radivojevic Minnesota (NHL)
July 14, 2006 Donald Brashear Washington (NHL)
July 21, 2006 Wade Skolney Pittsburgh (NHL)
September 15, 2006 Ryan Ready Iserlohn (DEL)
Retirement
August 10, 2006 Eric Desjardins
September 14, 2006 Keith Primeau 2 years remained on contract
September 21, 2006 Brian Savage
April 13, 2007 Turner Stevenson Bought out June 30, 2006
n/a Chris Therien Not re-signed following 2005–06 season
Claimed off waivers
December 30, 2006 Dmitry Afanasenkov Tampa Bay (NHL)
January 11, 2007 Michael Leighton Nashville (NHL)
February 27, 2007 Denis Hamel Atlanta (NHL)
Lost on waivers
November 11, 2006 Marty Murray Los Angeles (NHL)
January 2, 2006 Petr Nedved Edmonton (NHL)
February 24, 2006 Nolan Baumgartner Dallas (NHL)
February 27, 2006 Michael Leighton Montreal (NHL)
Re-signed
July 5, 2006 Antero Niittymaki 1 year
July 6, 2006 R.J. Umberger 2 years
July 13, 2006 Matt Ellison 1 year
July 14, 2006 Joni Pitkanen 1 year
September 11, 2006 Simon Gagne 5 years, $26.25 million
November 29, 2006 Mike Knuble 2 years, $5.6 million extension
February 13, 2006 Sami Kapanen 2 years, $2.5 million extension
March 27, 2007 Martin Biron 2 years, $7 million extension
Signed to Entry Level contracts
May 28, 2006 Frederik Cabana Halifax (QMJHL) Drafted 171st overall, 2004
May 30, 2006 Steve Downie Peterborough (OHL) Drafted 29th overall, 2005
May 30, 2006 Jussi Timonen SaiPa (SM-liiga) Drafted 146th overall, 2001
July 5, 2006 Denis Tolpeko Regina (WHL) Undrafted free agent
August 16, 2006 Nate Guenin Ohio State (CCHA) Unsigned NY Rangers 2002 draft pick
September 23, 2006 Oskars Bartulis Moncton (QMJHL) Drafted 91st overall, 2005
March 15, 2007 Kyle Greentree Alaska Fairbanks (CCHA) Undrafted free agent
March 15, 2007 Jonathan Matsumoto Bowling Green State (CCHA) Drafted 79th overall, 2006

Draft picksEdit

The Philadelphia's picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia.[4]

Rnd # Player Position Nationality Drafted from
1 22 Claude Giroux Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
2 39 Andreas Nodl Right Wing Flag of Austria Austria Sioux Falls (USHL)
2 42 Michael Ratchuk Defenseman Flag of the United States United States US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
2 55 Denis Bodrov Defenseman Flag of Russia Russia Tolyatti Lada (RSL)
3 79 Jonathan Matsumoto Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Bowling Green State University (CCHA)
4 101 Joonas Lehtivuori Defenseman Flag of Finland Finland Ilves (SM-liiga)
4 109 Jakub Kovar Goaltender Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Budejovice Jr. (CZE)
5 145 Jon Rheault Right Wing Flag of the United States United States Providence College (HE)
6 175 Michael Dupont Goaltender Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
7 205 Andrei Popov Right Wing Flag of Russia Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk (Vysshaya Liga)

Farm teamsEdit

The Flyers were affiliated with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.[5] After an early season coaching change from Craig Berube, who joined the Flyers as an assistant, to Kjell Samuelsson, the Phantoms struggled finishing sixth in their division and missing the playoffs.[6] Trenton finished 4th in their division and made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs before losing to the Dayton Bombers in their last season as a Flyers affiliate. Following the 2006–07 ECHL season the Titans were re-named the Trenton Devils by their new owners, the New Jersey Devils.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FlyersHistory.net, All Time Team Attendance
  2. Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 157. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. Ruzicka wore number 9 earlier in the season before the Forsberg trade.
  4. hockeydb.com, 2006 NHL Entry Draft
  5. FlyersHistory.net, Non-AHL Affiliates
  6. FlyersHistory.net, AHL Season Overview: 2006–07


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